The British economy released its labor data reports, showing that the number of people filing for jobless claims increased last month by 2.4 thousand, compared with the previous revised drop of 3.4 thousand drop a month earlier, analysts expected a drop of three thousand.

Unemployment remained unchanged at 7.9 percent, while the average weekly Average Weekly Earnings throughout the three months ending December reached 1.8%, compared with 2.1% a year earlier, in addition, the Weekly Earnings excluding bonuses, remained unchanged at 2.3 percent.

The Claimant Count Rate rremained at 4.5 percent.